Historic Infill

TightLines is a leading national authority on urban infill design.  Historic neighborhoods often provide excellent opportunities for infill affordable housing by offering supportive, well-connected communities that are frequently located close to jobs, public transportation, community services and shopping.  Simultaneously, newly constructed housing can stimulate the ongoing revitalization of neglected or blighted, older neighborhoods in surrounding areas. It is widely recognized that revitalizing historic districts not only evokes a sense of pride in the past, but also provides an environmental benefit by preventing the practice of excessive demolition.  Renovating homes in-place, filling lot gaps with new construction and performing resubdivision can save significant energy, materials and resources for the enjoyment and use of future generations.

Our team is sensitive to the distinct personality, culture and rich history of the communities we work in.  No two neighborhoods are exactly alike.  Our homes have been built in historic neighborhoods such as those in Louisiana, Tennessee and even Canada.  Each neighborhood has its own design challenges that our team addresses with market research, review of site considerations and extensive communication with project stakeholders.  We work with clients to select the most appropriate home style to fit the character of project neighborhoods.  For infill projects, many of our clients are comprised of non-profits, municipalities and private developers participating in government-sponsored affordable housing and revitalization efforts.  We are well-positioned to handle the specific requirements of programs like HOME, as well as  the unique needs of organizations like certified CHDOs.

TightLines Designs has been involved in the revitalization of historic districts across the nation and has witnessed significant success stories with this redevelopment model.  Older homes get renovated, absentee landlords sell to owner occupants as neighborhoods become more desirable and marketable, crime is reduced, and affordable housing is provided.  Since our homes are historically-inspired in form and detail, they fit seamlessly into the context of historic neighborhoods. In fact, many TightLines houses have been approved for new construction in National Historic Districts.  Our team is also experienced to walk our clients through the application and approval process for building in historic areas.

TightLines Designs features a number of house styles including Folk Victorian, Bungalow and Charleston plans.  If you are unable to locate an appropriate style in our existing catalog of home designs, we can easily modify plans or provide affordable custom designs that fit the character and design requirements of your local historic neighborhood. Please contact us so we can assist you.

Case Study

TightLines Designs: Providing Great Options for Affordable Housing in Historic Districts by Claire Keane

Featured Projects

For examples of TightLines homes built in historic districts, take a look at these historic neighborhoods and communities.

Bloodworth Street. South Park Historic District, Raleigh, NC.

Cooke Street. Adjacent to Oakwood Historic District, Raleigh, NC.

Erlanger Mill Village. Lexington, NC.

Goldsboro Historic District. Goldsboro, NC.

Martin Street. South Park Historic District in Raleigh, NC.


South Park National Historic District, NC
17 TightLines homes have been built in the South Park National Historic District in Raleigh, NC.
South Park National Historic District, NC
Breathtaking view of the city skyline at South Park National Historic District in Raleigh, NC.
Goldsboro National Historic District, NC
Three TightLines homes have been built in the Goldsboro National Historic District in North Carolina.
Proposed TightLines designs mirror existing historic homes
Proposed TightLines designs mirror existing historic homes found to be beyond repair.